Construction on Mancos school project begins amid tree controversy

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Construction on Mancos school project begins amid tree controversy

Some residents express concern about fate of trees
Two spruce trees in front of the historic Mancos High School. The one on the left will be removed to make way for a bus loop that diverts traffic away from Grand Avenue.
The Nowak House, which is scheduled for demolition as part of the Mancos Schools renovation project. The school district plans to put a parking lot in its place.
The former site of the Mancos School to Farm garden, which was uprooted to prepare for improvements to the athletic field. A new garden will be planted on a lot on West First Street next year.
Construction workers put up fences near the Mancos Preschool while parents pick up their children on May 29, the construction start date.
Construction timeline

May 22, 2017: The Mancos RE-6 School District is awarded a $20 million Building Excellent Schools Today grant.April 11, 2017: The district holds the first of several public meetings about the planned $25 million remodel, which will install safety features on all buildings and include major additions to the Middle School and Performance Center.July 17, 2017: A bond committee forms to advocate for a $5 million bond issue in the November election.Aug. 21, 2017: Monty Guiles, a school board member, announces his resignation in order to place a bid to become the owner’s representative for the construction project. The school board also approves a ballot question asking for the bond issue.Sept. 19, 2017: Guiles is hired as the owner’s representative.Sept. 21, 2017: The district holds the first of several public outreach events to provide information about the bond issue and the planned remodel.Oct. 2, 2017: The district hosts a public tour of the campus to show residents what needs to be fixed.Nov. 7, 2017: The bond issue passes in a mail-in election.Jan. 19, 2018: The district conducts general contractor interviews, ultimately choosing Jaynes Construction for the project.April 30, 2018: Mancos residents who live near the school are invited to an informational open house about the construction project.May 21, 2018: The school board approves a “guaranteed maximum price” for the construction, submitted by Jaynes, of $21 million. Superintendent Brian Hanson briefly discusses tree removal.May 25, 2018: The district holds a groundbreaking ceremony for the project.May 27, 2018: About 20 people meet with school board members and the owner’s representative to discuss tree removal and communication efforts.May 29, 2018: Construction begins.

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Construction on Mancos school project begins amid tree controversy

Two spruce trees in front of the historic Mancos High School. The one on the left will be removed to make way for a bus loop that diverts traffic away from Grand Avenue.
The Nowak House, which is scheduled for demolition as part of the Mancos Schools renovation project. The school district plans to put a parking lot in its place.
The former site of the Mancos School to Farm garden, which was uprooted to prepare for improvements to the athletic field. A new garden will be planted on a lot on West First Street next year.
Construction workers put up fences near the Mancos Preschool while parents pick up their children on May 29, the construction start date.
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